Suspicious Letter Prompts Local, Federal Response to IRS Building

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At 09:06, Tuesday morning, Franklin Police and Fire Departments responded to the IRS building, located at 127 International Drive, when an employee reported feeling mildly ill after opening a suspicious letter. Out of an abundance of caution, that employee went through a decontamination process with the Fire Department before being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Responders immediately restricted access to the room that the letter was opened in, but employees throughout the rest of the building were allowed to continue their work. There were no evacuations but additional access to the parking lot and building was restricted during the investigation.

A series of preliminary field tests of the letter did not indicate the presence of any danger. The letter was surrendered to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for further evaluation. The FBI and Metro Police also responded to assist. The scene is clear and the building has been reopened.